A 62-year-old Wallingford man who was competing early Sunday morning in a triathlon event at in was reportedly rescued after he suffered a heart attack while in the water, according to a report in The Hour of Norwalk
He became distressed while swimming and a nearby lifeguard in a kayak responded immediately and brought him to shore.
The man became distressed while swimming in the Long Island Sound shortly after 6:30 a.m. and was pulled from the water by a nearby lifeguard who was in a kayak, according to Cyndy Chanaca of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. He was rushed to Norwalk Hospital at about 7:30 a.m.
, who was in attendance during the incident, said in the Westport Patch comments the incident was 'so emotional and tragic.'
“I can't put it into words. My heart and soul goes to him and his family,” she said. "We've been praying and thinking about them all day, and will continue.”
The second annual Sherwood Island Sprint Triathlon includes a half mile swim in Long Island Sound, a 13-mile bike ride along the Westport shoreline and a 3.1-mile run through the state park, according to The Hour report.
Westport Patch will provide more information as it becomes available.